So I got on a Japan Airlines flight. Flew to Tokyo that night and arrived in the morning.
Past the immigration check and picking up my huge ass luggages, I used the JAL shipping service for ¥2,800 or so to get them shipped to my apartment, just to reduce the weight I was carrying. Feeling adventurous, I got on the train instead of taking the bus to Odaiba with the other Malaysians, where I was going to stay and where my school adminss would be meeting us (costed only ¥1000 as opposed to taking the shuttle bus, which would’ve cost me another ¥2,800).
As soon as I arrived, I met the school admins and a couple more of the YLP scholars there. E and K, who the Malaysians who were on the same flight as I was and J and R from India. G from France tried to talk to me apparently, but I didn’t hear nor see him so I walked past him. He swore held a grudge against me after that (probably don’t have that many girls treat him like he’s invisible lololol).
There’s a lot of registration involved when you move into Japan. In my case, I had to register at Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC), apartments for postgrad students in Tokyo as a resident for the halls and then go to the ward office to register as a resident in the ward. Then there’s the National Health Insurance and miscellaneous insurance. Thankfully, the school admin officers, Oikawa-san and Akiko-san were there to assist us, guiding us in filling the forms. They even offered to submit the applications for us at the Koto Ward Office (which was 45 minutes away by bus), so all we needed to do was fill in the forms there and then!
After I was done, the TIEC staff showed me to my room. It’s on the 7th floor, almost at the corner lot with the front door facing the Odaiba bridge. It was a lot spacious than I’d imagined… but it was dirty and dusty.
So what I did next was to go to the mall that was just 3 minutes away by foot to have lunch with Malaysians E and K despite the growingly heavy rain and bought cleaning supplies from Daiso. Detergents, broom, mop, brushes, sponges and packs of cleansing wipes. When I got home I cleaned every surface, until I thought it was spotless.
Later that they the luggages I shipped arrived.
Then Reza came His flight was only 7 hours apart from mine lol. We went for another round of Daiso to get even more cleaning supplies and then went to Nitori, like Japan’s version of IKEA to get home furnishings, kitchen utensils, cutleries and bathroom supplies for the apartment. Think I spent around ¥15,000 or more on setting up my place.
The next day, I had to go to the Kanda Post Office, near Akihabara station to register for a bank account with Japan Post. The school admins were there to help us sort it out. Basically they did everything, we only had to hand out our passports and waited until we received out bank account book (received the debit card a week or so later).
There I met the all government scholars, YLP and not. Attempted to make conversations with people whose Facebook profiles I’ve screened. Especially interested with B from Mongolia’s background considering he’s from a rare species and he’s from his country’s Ministry of Finance (can relate). I spoke the French dudes including G, who had earlier told others he would never speak to me unless I tegur him first lolol WTF. The mainland Chinese and Indians were super friendly. I had a chat with J for a bit, but when I told him that I was married he shook his head, “You’re married???”
We got our Japan Post account book before noon, which can be used to deposit and withdraw money at the Japan Post ATM machines.
Everyone went to Akiba to get themselves a Japanese number. Usually, people go for the phone and sim bundle, but the contract requires subscription of at least 2 years (or penalty applies). There are also cheapo sim packs sold at Bic Camera. After browsing for some time with Reza though, I decided that I’d stick to my pocket wifi.